"Urban Memory" – Open Call for Workshop Participants  

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How do we tell the stories of a city? Of a country?

In Albania no subject is more bedrock to our social and political lives than that of land—how it is shaped, who controls it, and why.

Three workshops, each in a different city, invite architecture and journalism students to articulate nuances of the Albanian landscape to the public.

Teams will collaboratively produce critical, experimental reportage on the built environment. The stories of urban stakeholders and subjects—their means and materials, and their visions—will be traced, collaged, defended, and finally, circulated.

One piece from each workshop will be published in a prominent journal and/or newspaper.

Participants will become quickly acquainted with editorial ethics, the editorial process, means and modes of seeing in the built environment, and collaboration.


The workshops are open to students and recent graduates in the fields of journalism and architecture/urbanism. Applicants from other disciplines will also be considered if they have relevant interest/experience. Each workshop will be open to ten participants.

The workshops will be led by Leah Whitman-Salkin and Simon Battisti. Leah Whitman-Salkin is deputy editor of Harvard Design Magazine. She was the curator of the 2016 Albanian Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale, entitled "I Have Left You the Mountain". Simon Battisti is an architect, educator, writer, and founding editor of the journal Very Vary Veri. He was the curator of the 2016 Albanian Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale, entitled "I Have Left You the Mountain".


Each workshop runs from Friday to Sunday. Participants are required to commit to the full program.


There will be a workshop in Vlora, Korca, and Tirana. Applicants can apply to more than one workshop, provided they can arrange their own transportation and lodging.


  • Vlora: 3–5 February 2017 at Vlora Youth Centre, Deadline 25 January 2017
  • Korca: 17–19 March 2017 at Korca Youth Centre, Deadline 1 March 2017
  • Tirana: 21–23 April 2017, Deadline 7 April 2017

To Apply

  • Submit CV
  • Submit an image/photograph (found or self-made) that describes an Albanian urban or territorial condition that you think is of particular public concern to office@idmc.al with the subject (Name of the city where you apply_IDMC Workshop)

Please note which city workshop you are applying for (can be multiple).

* If you are not a student or recent graduate from the fields of journalism or architecture/urbanism, please include specific interests and qualifications.

Training will be offered in English language at no cost.

Participants will receive a certificate of completion.